People whose families received Supplemental Security Income payments when they were children, only to have their income tax refunds seized as an adult, may find that they are getting a break under a new policy. The Social Security Administration, which administers the SSI program, says it will no longer seek to recoup overpayments this way, at least for now.
The SSA says that, due to overpayment of SSI and Social Security benefits over the years, it is owed $714 million. The debts are from payments more than 10 years old. By seizing recipients’ income tax refunds and other methods, it has collected about $55 million.